I Want My Peppercorn

Posted on 17 March 2004 in House (No comments)

There's some phrases in the English language that just make you wonder. Today I will be mostly wondering about 'peppercorn rent'.

This came after the leasehold information for our prospective new home came through - to wit one mention of a yearly payment of a peppercorn for the life of the tenancy (i.e. you pay nothing).

No doubt there's some amazingly interesting tale behind it all, probably involving a King who wanted to give something to a relative or friend and was drunk enough to suggest a rent of the smallest thing he found on his dining table, but it still gives me images of a rent man walking round an estate every year going "Where's your peppercorn? Don't make me send round Knuckles and McQuire, son..."

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